Karan Grover has been passionately advocating the need to look at ones culture and heritage for clues as to the direction for a contemporary architecture and sustainable development relevant to the Indian context today. He has enthused children in conservation and been nominated a “social entrepreneur” as a Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, Washington. He almost single handedly won India’s nominations for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status for Champaner after a 22-year old campaign. In 2004, Grover became the first architect in the world to win the USGBC “Platinum” Award for the greenest building in the world. He was made the Permanent Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Environment at the hands of former President Dr. Abdul Kalam in Delhi. He spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative, New York at the personal invite of President Clinton in 2006.
Karan has been selected as the winner of the Green Globe Award for Architect, Infrastructure Category from Green Globe Foundation. The “CII–Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre” - the first LEED US Platinum Building in India has been selected as the 2009 winner of the “Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards”, under the NGO Category.
In 2009 he was given the Keys of the City of Birmingham by the Mayor of Birmingham at the Inaugural Address of the International Green Congress. The World Economic Forum at Davos has named him as a member on the Panel for Sustainability for 2009. In the same year he has been honored with three more awards - the ACE Award 2009, the Nirman Navratna Award 2009; and CNBC AWAZ Award 2009 and was nominated as one of India’s top 10 architects consecutively for the 5th year by the Construction World.
He has been differently labelled on several occasions – a “Man of Taste” in the Economics Times, a “Hot Architect” in India by Construction World; a “Charismatic Crusader” by the Verve magazine; one of the “500 Visionaries of the 21st Century” along with the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton and complimented for his sense of fashion by being selected as one of “India’s 50 Most Stylish Men” by Man’s World.